Hip-hop artists win Grammys in Christian categories

(Photo: Reuters / Jonathan Alcorn)Lecrae poses with his Grammy award for Best Gospel Album for "Gravity" backstage at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 10, 2013.

The top U.S. music industry association awarded Grammys to albums by hip-Hop artists Lecrae and TobyMac in two Christian album categories on Sunday.

The Recording Academy awarded Lecrae's 'Gravity' a Grammy for Best Gospel Album and gave TobyMac's 'Eye on It' the award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.

The awards were announced online ahead of the main televised awards show.

In a tweet, rapper Lecrae alluded to a biblical passage which has been the inspiration for a musical tour he has been a part of entitled "Unashamed."

"Just Won a Grammy. I dedicate it to all the Unashamed fam all over the planet. 1.1.Six – To God be the Glory.

The numbers allude to Romans 1:16, which states: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (NRSV)."

The Grammy for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance went to Matt Redman for '10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord).

The Grammy for Best Gospel Song went to songwriters Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, who wrote 'Go Get It,' a song performed by singing duo Mary Mary.

The Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song was a tie. The award went to Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman, who wrote '10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord). It also went to Israel Houghton & Micah Massey, writers of 'Your Presence is Heaven.'

Ahead of the awards, gospel singer Marvin Sapp led the pack of artists with nominations in three categories.

The Grammy Awards feature five categories recognizing artists in the Gospel and Christian music categories. The Gospel/Christian genre is one of more than three dozen genres up for awards at this year's awards.

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